Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Dublin Retro Grape Soda

I opened this earlier today after coming home from my J-Term class:

Dublin Retro Grape Soda

Dublin Retro Grape Soda


Brand: Dublin Retro Grape Soda.

Origin: Dublin, Texas (I mean, I'd HOPE that was the case).

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: Oh yeah. This is good. It's what I hoped it would be: a sugary, syrupy grape soda. It goes down easy and has a bold taste. Smooth and delicious. (And both of my boys loved this one as well... although their tastes aren't that discerning...) I've had 2 other "Dublin Texas" sodas in the past, and one was OK and one was quite good. This 3rd one was probably the best. This gets a high score.

Score: 9 out of 10. 

 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

1919 Classic American Root Beer

My wife bought me this on New Year's Eve, and I had it with my boys:

1919 Root Beer



Brand: 1919 Classic American Root Beer.

Origin: New Ulm and Sleepy Eye, MN.

Purchase Place: Kowalski's Market, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: First of all, I thought I had this YEARS ago, so I've been passing it up when I've come across it. But it turns out I've never had it. It might be the same as the root beer I had 8 years ago from Lynden's Soda Fountain (now "Cold Front") because the mug had this same logo and the same phrase at the top: "America's Original Brewery Made 1919 Classic American Root Beer." (And maybe part of the reason I thought I'd had this before is that I posted about the pony keg they had of this at Kowalski's back in 2015.)

So how was it? It was VERY strong on the vanilla. It was quite creamy! I poured out 2 glasses for my boys (as this is a big 16 oz can with lots to share) and it formed a good head. I wish the flavor was a little "deeper" though as it seemed a little weak. But that's about my only complaint - otherwise, it was smooth, creamy, heavy on the vanilla, and light on the anise which is the way I like my root beer.

Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Casey's Cola

We recently got together with my parents for Christmas, and they just opened a bottle of "Casey's Cola" that they didn't want to keep, so they sent it with me:

Casey's Cola
A few glasses poured out, but still 2/3 full.



Brand: Casey's Cola.  

Origin: Ankeny, IA.

Purchase Place: Casey's General Store, Wells, MN. 

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup. 

Review: This was a bit weird. It had that strong and sharp "fruity" flavor of some colas that I like, but it was super sharp in this one. It was just harsh to drink. It was OK to sip, but it wasn't that enjoyable. I know that there are people that will like this sharpness, but it wasn't for me. It wasn't HORRIBLE, but it's just not what I'm looking for out of a cola.

Score: 4 out of 10.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda

My boys and I brought another one of the Blue Sky Sodas that my wife bought me on a recent trip up to Itasca State Park

Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda
On the porch table outside of our "four seasons" cabin at Lake Itasca.


Brand: Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda.

Origin: Tustin, CA.

Purchase Place: Mississippi Market, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Invert Cane Sugar.

Review: I've made this mistake before: when I took a sip, I was surprised that it was a CLEAR and NON-COLA "black cherry." That's my own issue - I just see "black cherry" and assume cola for some reason. Once I was past that, it had a pretty decent flavor. It seemed a LITTLE weak, but I think I was just visualizing that it was clear, and it was affecting me. It was good, but nothing special. I'll rank it just over average.

Score: 6 out of 10.


Saturday, December 19, 2020

Blue Sky Cream Soda

My wife was out getting some groceries yesterday, and she grabbed a few Blue Sky sodas. The cashier was ADAMANT that Blue Sky's Cream Soda was one of his favorite sodas of all time. So she went back and grabbed that for me to try. And then she wanted me to try that one first: 

Blue Sky Cream Soda


Brand: Blue Sky Soda.

Origin: Tustin, CA.

Purchase Place: Mississippi Market, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Invert Cane Sugar.

Review: OK, I'm not the BIGGEST fan of cream sodas... but this WAS pretty good. It was really sweet and SUPER smooth. It wasn't as life-changing for me as it was for the cashier. But my family and I all enjoyed it. If you are someone who likes cream sodas, make sure to give this a shot to see if the cashier was on to something...

Score: 7 out of 10.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Drinking 29-Year-Old Pepsi

Rhett and Link recently tried some discontinued Pepsi flavors from 1991.

CLICK HERE to see the video.

The entire video is just over 5 minutes long, and they start talking about the Pepsi at the 2:06 point.

There's first a surprisingly GOOD thing, but then a (not so surprisingly) bad thing.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Japanese Ramuné Grape Soda

My boys and I cracked into a wacky looking Japanese soda last night:

Japanese Ramuné Grape Soda
A unique (small!) bottle.

Japanese Ramuné Grape Soda
"For even more delicious this drink chill before drinking." Yes. I love stuff like this.
 
Japanese Ramuné Grape Soda
Directions (also written on the right) for "popping" the marble seal into the bottle.
 
Japanese Ramuné Grape Soda
See the carbonation-covered marble right in the middle? Now it's just rolling around in there!

 

So yes... there was a plastic "opener" that got snapped out of the plastic cover, and then that got used to force the marble seal into the bottle. And note in that last photo that the glass bottle has a little "pocket" in it where the marble can rest. It's a very unique and heavy bottle - lots of glass "angles" in there. (VERY heavy considering it holds only 6.6 oz of soda!)


Brand: Japanese Ramuné Grape Soda.

Origin: Japan. 

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar (one of the few sodas that I've had that has BOTH of those on the label).

Review: The bottle was the funnest part. My boys loved watching me open it, and kids would LOVE this bottle. Kids shouldn't open it (as it takes a lot of palm down-force to open it), but otherwise this is great for kids as it's fun and it's not much soda. The grape flavor is just OK. Truly, opening the bottle was the best part. There's a slight bite to this that isn't super. I'm ranking this 1 point higher than I should (if I were basing it ONLY on flavor) because of the "funness" of the bottle.

Score: 6 out of 10.

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

North Star Blue Raspberry Soda

My boys and I spent a night at Forestville State Park recently, and this soda made the trip: 

North Star Blue Raspberry Soda


Brand: North Star Blue Raspberry Soda.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was my first soda from my recent soda resupply trip, and it is VERY sugary! It tastes like a liquid blue raspberry Icee, or maybe a liquid version of blue cotton candy (and yes, both of those are very sugary). It's pretty good and fun to drink - my boys LOVED it. If you like SWEET, then you'll love this. But it seems to be more of a "kids" soda instead of an "adult" soda.

Score: 7.5 out of 10.

(See more photos from our "camping" trip here.)